A still from “The Color of Pomegranates.”

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

See Of Montreal (twice), catch a battle of the beats, heal the “ideological divide” and more.

April 12, Wednesday

Krazy Reading George Herriman was America’s very first cartooning genius. His strip Krazy Kat depicted more than just a love triangle among a cat, a brick-throwing mouse, and a canine police officer—it laid out the cartooning language we still see in modern comics. Michael Tisserand’s biography of Herriman finally gives the genius his due. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Plastician and Bok Bok In the early 2000s, Chris Reed, then Plasticman, now Plastician, toiled in the working-class ’hood of Croydon, UK, birthplace of dubstep. He’s still at the top of his game, innovating through the constant permutations of bass-heavy electronic music. Bok Bok, who runs the ever-inventive Night Slugs label, connects the dots between British grime and global styles like Chicago house, Baltimore/Jersey club, Detroit techno, and South African kwaito. A double dose of London’s finest. With Korma, Ca$h Bandicoot. Q Nightclub, 1426 Broadway, qnightclub.com, 432-9306. $11. 21 and over. 9 p.m. GREGORY SCRUGGS

Valve-Turner Direct Action Panel The five climate activists who closed the emergency shutoff valves on five major U.S. pipelines last October still await trial. Ken Ward, whose Skagit County trial ended in January with a hung jury, will be tried again in May. 350 Seattle co-founder Carlo Voli, who’s just returned after nine months at Standing Rock, and activist Alec Connon will join the valve-turners for a panel discussion on climate disobedience, the PNW Pledge of Resistance, and how to keep the climate-fight momentum going in the age of Trump. UW “wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court, UW campus, facebook.com/climatedirectaction. Free. All ages. 5:30 p.m. SARA BERNARD

April 13, Thursday

Mount Kushmore: Wellness Retreat Tour 2017 Seattle’s love for weed culture has nothing on ’90s rap legends’ passion for weed. For one night, hip-hop aficionados and weed connoisseurs can come together to enjoy both and welcome Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Method Man, Redman, and Berner to the Emerald City in the Evergreen State. WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., washingtonmusictheater.com. $45–$50. All ages. 8 p.m. AGATHA PACHECO

Darkness Film Series: The Color of Pomegranates The last installment in the Henry’s series exploring films born of darkness is Sergei Parajanov’s gorgeously surreal biography of Armenian poet and musician Sayat-Nova. Communist Soviet officials censored and recut parts of the 1969 film due to its religious content and dreamlike approach to its subject. If you’re a fan of Holy Mountain’s bizarre cinematic tableaux, you will love this film. Henry Art Gallery, 4100 15th Ave. N.E., henryart.org. Free. All ages. 6–8:30 p.m. KS

Compagnie Hervé Koubi When French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi was forming his new company seven years ago, 250 men came to the first audition, and one woman. Since then Koubi has made a series of highly kinetic and evocative works for men, incorporating street dance and martial arts with his contemporary dance background—the results are beautiful and powerful. What the Day Owes to the Night, set to J.S. Bach, Hamza el Din, and traditional Sufi music, is full of ritual and camaraderie, in which physical daring becomes an affirmation of trust. Meany Hall, UW campus, 543-4880, meanycenter.org. $45–$50. 8 p.m. Thurs., April 13–Sat., April 15. SANDRA KURTZ

April 14, Friday

Panel Jumper Live This is basically an entire horny comicon crowbarred into a single evening. You’ll find comics-themed music, trivia, and short films. But that’s not all: There’s also a short play about the actors who play giant monsters in movies, a conversation with Seattle cartoonist Tatiana Gill, and some nerdy burlesque involving Tribbles. West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St., facebook.com/thepaneljumper. $10. 18 and over. 8 p.m. PC

BeatMatch MoPop has turned its underage battle of the bands, Sound Off!, into a Northwest institution over 15 years—but with Do206’s inaugural BeatMatch, get ready for a new flavor in town. Pitting 16 local producers (of all ages) against one another, each will have just two 60-second beats per round to impress the esteemed panel of judges—including Sango, Ryan Lewis, and Beeba—and ultimately win a cash prize and Upstream appearance. Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., veraproject.com. $10–$12. All ages. 8 p.m. KS

April 15, Saturday

Write Our Democracy Seattle poets Quenton Baker, Karen Finneyfrock, EJ Koh, and Natasha Moni read at this write-in intended to promote “free speech and the value of arts in our democracy.” Write Our Democracy was launched waaaaaaaay back in January as Writers Resist, a nationwide anti-Trump, pro-democracy writing group. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 10 a.m. PC

Eldridge Gravy & Industrial Revelation Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme—getting Seattle crowds to shake their asses since 2009—is still putting on stellar, sweaty performances full of funky horn sections, groovy beats, diva solos, and get-up-and-dance numbers. It’s sharing the stage this time with Industrial Revelation, an all-instrumental, utterly transporting blend of jazz, hip-hop, and electronica, and All Star Opera, who’ll mix hip-hop with cello. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, eldridge gravy.com. $10 plus fees. 21 and over. 8 p.m. SB

The New Pornographers Vancouver supergroup The New Pornographers released their seventh album last Friday, an impressive count considering that nearly every member has an active solo career as well. Even more impressive, the new record, Whiteout Conditions, is a shimmering product with the usual whip-smart lyrics—as attested by the infectious “High Ticket Attractions.” With Waxahatchee. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave. $30.50. 8 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

April 16, Sunday

Of Montreal Jesus Christ. Of Montreal plays more Seattle shows than bands from Seattle do. They were here in October, our records show, and now they come back for a Sunday-Monday two-night stand. That might be too much Of Montreal for some, yet their loyal fan base is well earned. They know exactly what they’re doing with their gender-bending pop, and Kevin Barnes’ idiosyncratic freakouts can be truly engrossing. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. $20 ($35 for both shows). All ages. 8 p.m. DP

April 17, Monday

Moving Mountains Local newsletter The Evergrey brought 20 Clinton voters from Seattle to a pro-Trump county in Oregon to facilitate conversation among decent human beings. Tonight, Evergrey founders Anika Anand and Monica Guzman will discuss what they learned from the project, along with the heads of other organizations trying to promote discussion in a divided America. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

April 18, Tuesday

Guided by Voices An indie-rock marvel, Guided by Voices leader Robert Pollard has recorded 100 albums in his 30-odd-year career. The latest is GBV’s August by Cake, a double album packed with 32 brief, fuzzy, vital rock songs that the lead man will deliver with apparently inexhaustible elan. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. $35. 21 and over. 8 p.m. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Word Works: Terence Hayes Brilliant poet Terence Hayes examines the work of deceased poet Lynda Hull by studying three of her poems, written over the span of a decade, in an effort to explore “how a poet can both accept and challenge his or her obsessions.” What a terrific way to celebrate National Poetry Month. Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., washingtonhall.org. $12. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

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